Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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92
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759 Ratings
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek VieilleOud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium
oudbeersel.com

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
759
Reviews:
354
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
88
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 759 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of devlishdamsel
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential Kriek. Having been a Kriek drinker for years that is really saying something. No it's not hyped like other beers, but it definitely deserves the highest praise. The problems with most other krieks ranges anywhere from a bold bitterness which results from the cherry pits to cloyingly sweet. The aging in the oak really rounded out and mellowed that flavor and this beer is fully attenuated so there is virtually no residual sweetness. The body is almost like velvet but still thin enough to make this beer insanely drinkable. Such a dark rich red color, its almost like a fine rose champagne, with the bubbles to match. The smell of vanilla oak and cherries hit. You drink in and are intoxicated with fresh juicy cherry essence. There is absolutely no trace of hotness in this beverage, you would think its alcohol free! the aftertaste is pleasant and sings of cherries. Perfection! I will be keeping this on stock as often as possible! Such a fine beverage.

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Photo of JellyJacket
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Honus1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of jcurtis55
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Weas
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of ystazi
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of nesarebad
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, poured in to my FW Barrelworks Teku

A - Deep dark rose, with a fluffy 3 finger head. This is a cherry looking beer, so cherry.

S - Canned cherry pie cherries, funk, and a touch of oak, mostly sweet pie cherries, smells like mom's cherry pie.

T - More of the canned cherry pie cherries, which I was not too fond of growing up. Though, if these cherries had the tartness here I would not mind so much. Subtle oak in the background tie together the tartness. Very balanced.

M - Puckering, effervescent, highly carbed - sour cherries and oak flicker and dance on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great fruit lambic. A spectrum of tastes, sweet, tart, oakey, it is all here and plays in a wonderful spectrum of flavors. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of hotsudge
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HardyGeneraL
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jonada
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Best before April 18 2032. Served in a Cantillon tasting glass

Appearance: Ruby red in color with 3 fingers of a pink head. Quite a bit of visible carbonation streaming throughout the glass. Body is hazy. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Tart and sweet cherries, basement, oak, vinegar.

Taste: Cherries, lots of cherry skin and juice, as well as oak, funk, and earth, but the cherries are the real star here. Sourness is on the lower end of medium.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. The carbonation is high (a bit too high IMO) but still maintains somewhat of a soft mouthfeel. Finishes dry

Overall: One of the best, easily obtainable krieks around. The sourness and funk are more subdued, which allows the cherries to really shine through. At the same time it's stays away from being too sweet and artificial as some krieks tend to be. I'd definitely recommend trying this.

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Photo of PsychicBubblegum
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark garnet color, slightly hazy, with a reddish beige head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Nose is redolent of fresh cherries, with a note of almond, vanilla, and oak. Nothing much funky in the smell.

Tastes of fresh sour red cherries, almond, old wood. Natural cherry tartness. Finishes a little dry.

Body is medium and carbonation is slightly fizzy, but it does go flat after a while. So the advice is to drink it quicker.

Overall, this is a very drinkable oude kriek. It is not very complex, funky, nor highly tart. But it is a pleasant kriek that really tastes of fresh cherries and respects tradition; it is delightfully not the cherry syrup or worse versions that are out there.

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Photo of MShirokov
2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like carbonated berry juice. Not really my thing, but I'd be able to appreciate it more if it wasn't insanely bubbly, to the point where I had trouble swallowing it. Took about 5 sips and couldn't do more. Maybe I'll try other beers of this style, but this one really isn't for me.

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Photo of JohnQPublic
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent brew. I had it a couple times in Turnhout, Belgium in March (2013).

This is a sour Kriek, with a definate tart taste of cherries. I am sitting here with a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, and though ok, there is no comparison (the Sam Adams is sweet cherries + "natural flavors").

This was my favorite find this trip.

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Photo of PtypeNtype
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Spiderpig
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Kriek Belle-Vue tulip.

Appearance- Dark hazy brownish/red with very thin pinkish head.

Smell- Cherry, funk, oaky vanilla, earthy yeast.

Taste- Tart up front, then cherry, funky yeast, something weird (in that order). Finishes very smooth with no tartness.

Mouthfeel- Not very carbonated, which is nice. Crisp and smooth. Not so tart that it makes my face change.

Overall- I was in the mood for nice fruity lambic and this is a niceone.

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Photo of adkieffer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
4.16 out of 5 based on 759 ratings.
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